St. John’s storms off with title, UAA claims forth

For the first time since 2005, the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Championship gold pan will leave Anchorage and be taken home by the Kent State Golden Flashes out of the Mid-American Conference.

KSU ended the No. 11 UAA Seawolf women’s basketball team’s run of an astounding four straight Shootout titles when they edged the ‘Wolves 53-47 in the 2010 title game, one which was close all the way to the buzzer.

KSU senior guard Jamiah Humes scored a game-high 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half, in which the Golden Flashes started down 24-22 to the Green and Gold.

Humes also added four assists and five steals in the game, which helped her win Most Outstanding Player for the 2010 edition of the Shootout.

Also contributing for KSU was senior forward Taisja Jones who put up 17 points along with six boards and three steals.

Junior forward Hanna Johansson, who finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, led the Seawolves who came up just a bit short. The Gothenburg, Sweden native continued her solid play in the early stages of the season and was named to the 2010 All-Shootout Tournament team.

UAA made it to the Championship after a 48-35 win over the Spartans of San Jose State University.

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The sting of the championship game loss was very noticeable on the faces of the UAA squad after the game. It’s hard to imagine that UAA, a Division II team, would be unhappy with their runner-up finish in a tournament with all Division I teams.

Then again, those four straight Shootout championship banners spanning from 2006-2009 may have been hanging a bit heavy on the Seawolves who had aspirations of cutting down the nets and adding their name to the legacy.

Perhaps the frustrations of not winning the Shootout is a testament to just how good this program has been under the direction of fifth year Head Coach Tim Moser and the expectations they have.

Perhaps some have forgotten that the Seawolves are always the underdog going into the Shootout when going against the opponents who come to play in the annual tournament.

You’d be hard pressed to find another Division II program that has enjoyed this much success against their big brother Division I opponents like the Seawolves in the Shootout.

Just because the Seawolves didn’t get the storybook finish this Shootout doesn’t mean the ultimate goal of winning their last game this season goes away with it.

UAA will now go into GNAC play, again as one of the favorites, and will look to get back to doing what they know best: winning.

3rd/4th Place Game

The Washington Huskies easily cruised to a 49-27 win over San Jose St. to claim the bronze at the 2010 Shootout.

UW used another solid performance from senior guard Kristi Kingma. Kingma, who would later be named to the All-Tournament team, would finish the game with 14 points and four steals to pace the Huskies in the win.

SJSU set a record in the game but for all the wrong reasons. Their 27 points in the game was the fewest a team ever has scored in the Women’s Shootout. The old record was 24 points set in 1981 by Notre Dame.

The Spartans were plagued all game long by turnovers as they wound up with an eye-catching 31 giveaways when the final buzzer went off.